Due to a published date in the MM Corresponder of May 31 as the scholarship deadline for applying, MMCI will honor the May 31 date this year. Very sorry for any confusion as we transition for the future scholarship deadline.
MMCI Members: In May you will receive a ballot to vote for two director positions.Take some time to read about those who have been nominated.
My name Jeff Laleman. I’ve been on the MMCI board for the past 3 years as treasurer. My wife Sandy and I live in Rock Falls, IL. We have a daughter Amy and son in law Josh and our grandson Jacob who is our world. They live in Kentucky and we love to take our camper down there and spend time with them.
I have been involved in farming my whole life. My father and grandfather both farmed with Minneapolis Moline equipment. My uncle was an engineer at the Moline Plow Co and they all farmed the Minneapolis Moline experimental farm in Erie, IL back the 1940s.
After doing much research on our family’s history I became interested in the Minneapolis Moline tractor and the experimental tractors that they used on the farm. Back in 2013 I started a project of making a clone of an experimental that was on the farm. The MMCI board was very helpful and supportive of the project.
One of my main goals when I accepted the treasurer position 3 years ago was to increase membership of the younger generation. It was tough, but slowly the membership has increased. I would appreciate your vote and If re-elected I will continue to work on membership growth and educating our younger generation on the history of Minneapolis Moline.
Thank You, Jeff Laleman
I’m Lloyd Rave, I grew up on a farm in southeast South Dakota, approximately 20 miles north of Sioux Falls. We farmed with Minneapolis Moline equipment and I remember the G 4 combine with a Z engine and two row picker-pull type.
I graduated from high school in 1962 and went on to college, graduating with a BS degree in Math and Industrial Arts from Northern State College in the spring of 1966. That summer I went to the VA hospital in Sturgis S.D., to become a Certified Manual Arts Therapist. It was at that time I joined the National Guard.
In the fall of1966 I took a job as an Industrial Arts instructor on Northern State College in Aberdeen. The summer of 1967 was spent at Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. In the fall of 1967, I went to work for the VA in Battle Creek Mi. as a manual Arts Therapist teaching woodworking.
An opportunity arose to farm in 1974, so I moved back to South Dakota. The family was farming with a G1355, an early M670 diesel, and a Jet Star 3. I farmed for the next 40 years and early on I converted an old building into a wood shop and still do woodworking today.
In addition to the enjoyment of searching, finding and restoring the machinery, the best part of collecting has been the many great people I have meet over the years. It would enjoy serving for the first time as your Director and would actively promote the club for everyone’s benefit.
Thank you, Lloyd Rave.
Hi! I am Algie Slinde. I live in rural Elma, Iowa and have been a member of MMCI since its beginning. I served on the board before and would be willing to serve again.
I have been collecting antique tractors since 1970 but the tractor that got me interested in Minneapolis Moline was the Twin City 27-44 that my grandfather bought new in 1929, which I own.I am in favor of trying to get more young people involved in our Minneapolis Moline club, and would work to make the club appealing to the younger people. I would be honored to serve on the board again.
Hello my name is Dale Von Loh. I’m honored to be nominated the MMCI Board of Directors. My wife, Pam and I live Cosmos, Minnesota. We have a son, Cody, who is in Air-Bourne Infantry, and stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. I retired from 3M in Hutchinson, Mn. as a mechanic with 36 1/2 years of service I also farm, I grew up farming with molines, and I’m still using some of dad’s tractors. I have dad’s 1953 ZB which he bought new from the Arnold Implement Moline dealer in Cosmos,4 miles away.
As a kid growing up, my dad and uncle would take me to the surrounding threshing shows. So to this day, I enjoy going to threshing shows and fairs showing off my moline tractors. I also belong to a local John Deere 2 cyl club. A lot of the members have different colors in their collections.With being elected to the MMCI board I want to keep promoting the moline name and history . And try to encourage more moline enthusiasts to become members.
Thanks, Dale von Loh
Congratulations to this year’s coloring winners!